It’s Coffee Pinotage.
Pinotage is a South African specialty. Sure, it is grown in a few other parts of the world but this is a variety that was developed in South Africa.
It is a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault.
In 2001 Bertus Fourie aka Starbucks Fourie created the Coffee Pinotage.
He made it by utilizing a certain yeast strain during fermentation and using a lot of heavily charred and toasted oak staves in the tanks. This combination creates new organic compounds that have the same natural chemical composition of the flavor agents in roasted coffee.
The result? Wines with a distinctive coffee character.
The Coffee Pinotage is born!
A sumptuous upfront nose of mocha and coffee beans is followed through onto an invitingly rich palate, offering subtle wild berry and dark chocolate flavors.
Goes wonderfully with grilled meats, dishes with dark reduced savory sauces and smoked and grilled spareribs.
Of course wine snobs immediately slammed it as crap and continue to do so.
But these are probably the same clowns who never tried anything beyond the missionary position.
As for me, I’ve just purchased a few bottles to imbibe at leisure.